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Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

In a series of dawn raids executed across 17 residential addresses in Tower Hamlets, nine people have been arrested for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs offences.

The warrants form part of Operation Continuum: an intelligence-led, phased operation established in response to ongoing reports of drug dealing, drug use and associated criminality in Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

The morning raids on Wednesday, 16 December, mark another successful day of action for the ongoing efforts to suppress drugs supply and violence in Central East BCU.

Officers arrested nine males – aged between 23-55 years old – on suspicion of drugs offences.

All are in custody at an east London police station, pending further enquiries.

Officers from the Central East Gangs Task Force, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council, continue to lead the operation with support from officers from the local Basic Command Unit (BCU), Taskforce Command and local Gangs Taskforce, as well as officers from the Met’s Dog Unit.

Detective Inspector Sean Lyons, leading the operation, said: “These arrests once again serve as evidence of the success of this ongoing investigation in disrupting drug-related criminality across Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

“Since March alone, we have arrested and charged 92 individuals as a result of this phased operation – and we will continue to bring those responsible to justice.

“We have made it quite clear that drug dealing and associated criminality has absolutely no place within our local communities, and we are dedicated to ensuring that our streets are made cleaner and safer for all.”

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We know that our residents are concerned about crime, which has continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, especially drug dealing and taking. This is why we work with police partners to disrupt local drug markets.

“Our community safety operations help to make Tower Hamlets a safer borough and will continue to target those intent on breaking the law.”

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